Covid hurts Taiwan lending

Covid hurts Taiwan lending

June 18, 2020

Local firms have rapidly gone from being a reliable source of liquidity for dollar loans to taking a big step back from lending this year.

Finance: Hong Kong finds new ways to work

Finance: Hong Kong finds new ways to work

June 18, 2020

Street protests and a pandemic have forced Hong Kong’s bankers and investors to experiment with how they work and raise funds for clients – their innovations have been surprisingly successful and could well outlast the crises.

China: Covid bonds are more bond than Covid

China: Covid bonds are more bond than Covid

June 16, 2020

Chinese issuers responded to Covid-19 by selling bonds that were designed to help fight the pandemic – in reality, only a fraction of the money raised was used to tackle problems created by the virus.

Uzbek upstart banks on privatizations

Uzbek upstart banks on privatizations

April 16, 2020
By MATTHEW THOMAS

Silk Capital is making a big bet on the liberalization of the country’s financial system – a crucial test case of international demand for the nation will be the boutique investment bank’s own offshore IPO.

Uzbekistan: State banks keep a tight grip

Uzbekistan: State banks keep a tight grip

April 16, 2020
By MATTHEW THOMAS

Uzbekistan’s state-owned banks dominate the local financial system; a mix of local, privately owned banks and eager foreign players are helping the country to open up, but it will not be easy.

Coronavirus: IPOs lose the human touch

Coronavirus: IPOs lose the human touch

April 16, 2020
By JONATHAN BREEN

Asia’s first virtual roadshows have paved the way for a new digital approach to IPO executions; they are a necessity at the moment, but they could become the new normal.

India's banks clean up

India's banks clean up

April 16, 2020

The financial industry has been a mess, hit by defaults, rising bad loans, corporate governance scandals, frauds and, most recently, the government rescue of Yes Bank - the worst may be over, but things aren’t tidy yet.

India: Yes Bank's trouble was saying no

India: Yes Bank's trouble was saying no

April 16, 2020

The spectacular collapse of a fast-growing private lender in early March has dealt yet another blow to India’s already shaky finance industry, led to the arrest of its founder and thrown a spotlight on the bank’s aggressive lending practices.

Indonesia creates a new capital bonanza

Indonesia creates a new capital bonanza

April 14, 2020
By ERIC ELLIS

President Joko Widodo is planning southeast Asia’s biggest infrastructure project in building his new capital city in remote Kalimantan; it promises to be a party for bankers – but first they will have to negotiate some quirky local characters.